Our Lady of the Valley
Our Lady of the Valley is a large Catholic church and school located in the Canoga Park section of Los Angeles, California. It is the oldest parish in the western San Fernando Valley, having been established in 1921. When the parish was established, the western Valley was sparsely populated, and most of the 620 parishioners were involved in agriculture with livestock or walnut and orange groves. At the time of its formation, the parish’s boundaries covered 400 square miles (1,000 km2) from the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Ventura County line to the west, White Oak Avenue to the east, and the Santa Susana Mountains to the north. In the years after World War II, the San Fernando Valley shifted from agriculture to residential communities, and the Catholic population also swelled. The 400 square miles (1,000 km2) served by Our Lady of the Valley were carved up among nine sister parishes. Though its territory has been reduced to four square miles, the parish has grown from 620 parishioners to over 4100 families.
Msgr. John J. Hurley was pastor at Our Lady of the Valley from 1943 until 1975.
The church sustained $800,000 in damage in the Northridge Earthquake. It was renovated and reopened in November 1995.
- "Our Lady of Valley Sets Three Anniversary Events". The Valley News (Van Nuys, California). March 15, 1974. p. 57 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Msgr. John Hurley Dies, Was Our Lady of the Valley Pastor". Los Angeles Times. January 12, 1995. p. 32 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Renovated Church Will Be Rededicated". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1995. p. 38 – via Newspapers.com.
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